I have asthma and am fearful of beginning an exercise program. Is it better to workout first thing in the morning or just after work? I am looking to increase my cardiovascular fitness and want to make sure I don’t hurt myself.

You should always begin an exercise program under the supervision of your doctor, but once cleared for activity, it has been shown that individuals with exercise-induced asthma may be less likely to experience an attack in the morning than in the evening.

Researchers found that for individuals with asthma, lung spasm scores were 30 percent higher in the evening as compared to the morning. While factors such as exercise type, environmental conditions and asthma severity can all affect the occurrence of exercise-induced asthma, researchers believe the time of day may also be an important factor to consider when attempting to reduce the likelihood of an attack.

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